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4 Reasons to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

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3. There Might be Mercury in Your Corn Syrup

And what about the rumors of mercury being found in corn syrup? I wrote last year that according to MSNBC in one study, published in the Journal of Environmental Health, former Food and Drug Administration scientist Renee Dufault and colleagues tested 20 samples of high fructose corn syrup and found detectable mercury in nine of the 20 samples.

“We went and looked at supermarket samples where high fructose corn syrup was the first or second ingredient on the label,” Dr. David Wallinga, a food safety researcher and activist at the nonprofit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy said. These 55 different foods included barbecue sauce, jam, yogurt, and chocolate syrup. “We found about one out of three had mercury above the detection limit,” Wallinga said.

4. The Environmental Impact of High Fructose Corn Syrup is Huge

Most corn is grown as a monoculture, meaning that the land is used solely for corn, not rotated among crops. Large monocultures, which are usually genetically modified, can be riddled with pests. As a result, monocultures are often dressed with a toxic cocktail of pesticides so that they can survive. Monocultures can deplete the nutrients in soil and lead to erosion. In addition, the pesticides used to grow them pollute our soil and ground water.

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4:38PM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

I am convinced.

5:02PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Petition to global corporate food manufacturer, Rich's Foods to remove HFCS/GMOs from their foods! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/667/776/825/please-stop-using-high-fructose-corn-syrup-corn-sugar-gmos-in-your-products/

6:26PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

YOU DON'T THINK ANY OF THESE 3 AGENCIES KNOW OF THIS,FDA ,EPA ,USDA? JUST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT (o_O)

4:24PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

ban hfcs

12:55AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I can tell a positive difference in my body and energy levels since I started reading labels carefully of all foods I buy, and avoiding high fructose corn syrup. The "scientific" rebuttal that HFCS is no more harmful than other sugars is based on a belief system that science can prove what is or isn't healthy. If it's not based on nature, then it's less likely to be healthy for us. Honey, for example is a natural sweetener...

6:26AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Not a fan. Noted with thanks.

2:40PM PST on Dec 27, 2010

3 years that i know about it. If I could altogether not it any food containing corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup, I would. I would have to eat only organic or natural food. I eat both natural and junk, or processed, prepackaged food...

5:40PM PST on Dec 18, 2010

Wow, so why is it even allowed for consumption, especially in countries with high obesity rates??

4:38PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

My body does not like corn syrup. I can drink a soda with sugar just fine, but one with corn syrup makes me incredibly thirsty and I end up chugging water until I'm ill. And then I'm still thirsty. That can't be right.

2:28PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

Yuck! I definitely try to stay away; now I will even more so after reading this!

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